Things to do, eat, and see

This page is meant to be a helpful starting point for anyone looking for local services, places to go and things to do, including: restaurants, arts and music venues, recreation spots and much more. If you have suggestions of things we should include, let us know! UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Some of our Favorite Chapel Hill & Carrboro Area Restaurants

Franklin Street/Downtown Chapel Hill

  • Suttons
  • Buns
  • Al's Burger Shack
  • IP3
  • Top of the Hill
  • 411 West
  • Lula's
  • Med Deli
  • Carolina Brewery
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • YOPO


  • Neal's Deli
  • ACME
  • Rise
  • Armadillo Grill
  • Venable

Other Locations...

  • City Kitchen
  • Root Cellar
  • Kitchen
  • Sunrise Biscuit


  • Perennial
  • Meantime
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Cafe Driade

Museums and Art Galleries

  • The Ackland
  • Frank
  • Carolina Basketball Museum

Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Options

  • American Tobacco Trail
  • University Lake
  • Finley Gold Course

Dog Parks

  • Hank Anderson Community Park, Carrboro, Hwy 54
  • Southern Community Park, Chapel Hill, Hwy 15-501 South

Here's a recent post from the Orange County Visitor's Bureau (August 2019):

Local Restaurant Deals Not to Miss

Downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill have numerous restaurants that offer great prices on dining and cold refreshments. Here’s our top 21:

  1. Al’s Burger ShackThe Kenny J with bacon, grilled onions, Cheerwine BBQ sauce, and spicy pimento cheese - $8.75
  2. Armadillo Grill: Carrboro, Steak Burrito - $7.99
  3. Bun’s: Enjoy a Tar Heel triple burger (beef, turkey or veggie) - $11.00
  4. Carrboro Pizza Oven: Chicken Pesto Panini with house made pesto, fresh mozzarella, ripe Roma tomatoes, and wild organic arugula - $9.00
  5. Carrburito’s Taqueria: Two tacos (any filling) - $7.70
  6. Chipotle: Keto salad bowl - $9.55
  7. Dead Mule Club: Mule Grilled Cheese (NY Sharp cheddar & gruyere served with fries) - $7.00
  8. Heavenly Buffalo’s: Try seven, bone-in wings - $7.45  
  9. Philly Steak Factory: Tucked behind Kipos on the corner of Franklin and Robeson. Sit in the outdoor courtyard and enjoy a 12-inch sub - $8.99
  10. Imbibe: A great restaurant, next to Zog’s bar on Henderson near the post office. Its owners bring a taste of New Orleans to Chapel Hill. Try the Camp Street Combo Muffaletta (a quarter Muffaletta served with “bitchy pickles” and a side) - $10.00
  11. Italian Pizzeria III: pizza and sandwiches. Try the Eggplant Parmigiana (breaded eggplant with tomato & cheese) - $7.99
  12. Lime and Basil: Vietnamese. Try the classic Lemongrass Stir-Fry with chicken - $9.00
  13. Linda’s Bar: The in-house Black Bean Burger is seasoned with cumin and salt and served on a toasted Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and avocado - $9.00
  14. Mama Dip’s: Try the Fried Green Tomatoes - $7.50
  15. Med Deli: Chicken Gyro is a deliciously marinated, sliced chicken breast with onions, lettuce, tomato, peppers, & tzatziki sauce - $7.50
  16. Shaka Shave: Fluffy Ice piled high and soaked in homemade syrup (NO HFC, gluten, soy, dairy, egg, or nuts) - $3.00 to $8.00
  17. Sup Dogs: on Franklin Street. The Sup Dog Combo *Note to Self: Double the Dog. Try this homemade 16-ingredient chili simmered for over 6 hours atop a locally distributed all-beef Smithfield hot dog in a warm-steamy bun & topped with sup dog sauce. The chili dog perfected! $4.99
  18. Time Out: is open 24 hours a day at 201 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Try the Pulled Pork Barbecue which includes two sides and a biscuit or cornbread - $9.99.
  19. Trolley Stop Hot Dogs: Surfer Deli Mustard Hot Dog with melted cheese, and vegetarian baco bits - $2.50
  20. Vimala’s: Idli Sambar (rice and bean steamed dumplings served with vegetable stew and coconut chutney) - $9.00
  21. Yogurt Pump: Flavors are always rotating. Large waffle cone - $3.30